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Repatriable assets are foreign assets that can be transferred to a domestic location, subject to restrictions and conditions such as taxes and ownership laws. Cash and securities are generally repatriable, while real estate may not be. It is important to understand the requirements before opening offshore accounts.

Repatriable assets are those assets that are currently in a foreign country, but are eligible for transfer to a domestic location, such as a domestic bank. Depending on the country where the assets reside, there may be some restrictions on the type of assets that can be repatriated or the conditions that must be met before a repatriable asset can be moved from the foreign nation to the country or residence. Many of these conditions have to do with the calculation and payment of taxes in the host country, but may also involve the need to obtain formal permission to move the assets.

There are several different classes or types of assets that are generally considered repatriable. Cash and many types of securities are generally subject to repatriation when and how the owner chooses to execute the transfer. Other types of assets may or may not be moved, such as real estate that is located in a certain foreign nation. The laws governing ownership of various assets within the nation where those assets are currently located will determine whether a given holding can be moved out of the country and into the nation where the owner currently resides. Many nations also have regulations regarding the receipt of assets transferred from another nation.

With assets that are considered repatriable, the owner must generally settle the financial obligations associated with those assets before the transfer can take place. For example, if the host nation assesses taxes on assets, those taxes often must be paid in full before any type of movement can occur. If host nation regulations require that the assets must remain within the country for a specified period of time before they are considered repatriable, then the owner must wait for that time limit to expire before attempting to transfer the assets to a location national. There is also the possibility that taxes will also be paid to the receiving nation, especially if those assets were originally moved from the domestic location to a foreign account.

Understanding what circumstances must exist before assets are considered repatriable is especially important in nations that provide foreign investors with offshore accounts of any kind. Before opening an offshore mutual fund or even a savings account, it is important to determine what is required in terms of how long assets must remain within that nation before they can be transferred elsewhere. It is also important to determine the tax liability that must be paid before the transfer. Since asset repatriation laws vary somewhat from country to country, getting legal advice and familiarizing yourself with the terms and conditions associated with an offshore account will save a great deal of time, money, and frustration down the road.

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